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The Pedant In The Kitchen

The Pedant’s ambition is simple. He wants to cook tasty, nutritious food; he wants not to poison his friends; and he wants to expand, slowly and with pleasure, his culinary repertoire. A stern critic of himself and others, he knows he is never going to invent his own recipes (although he might, in a burst of enthusiasm, increase the quantity of a favourite ingredient). Rather, he is a recipe-bound follower of the instructions of others.

It is in his interrogations of these recipes, and of those who create them, that the Pedant’s true pedantry emerges. How big, exactly, is a ‘lump’? Is a ‘slug’ larger than a ‘gout’? When does a ‘drizzle’ become a downpour? And what is the difference between slicing and chopping?This book is a witty and practical account of Julian Barnes’ search for gastronomic precision. It is a quest that leaves him seduced by Jane Grigson, infuriated by Nigel Slater, and reassured by Mrs Beeton’s Victorian virtues. The Pedant in the Kitchen is perfect comfort for anyone who has ever been defeated by a cookbook and is something that none of Julian Barnes’ legion of admirers will want to miss.

Love and Hunger

‘What’s important is the fact of eating together – the gathering at the table, the conviviality.’

Love & Hunger is a distillation of everything Charlotte Wood has learned over more than twenty years about cooking and the pleasures of simple food well made. In this age of gastro-porn and the fetishisation of food, the pressure to be as expert as the chefs we’ve turned into celebrities can feel overwhelming.

Cooking represents ‘creativity in its purest form’. It is meditation and stimulation, celebration and solace, a gift both offered and received. It can nourish the soul – and the mind – as well as the body. Love & Hunger will make you long to get into the kitchen to try the surprising tips and delicious recipes, and will leave you feeling freshly inspired to cook with joy for the people you love. Love & Hunger is a gift for all who value the solitary and shared pleasures of cooking and eating. Like a simple but glorious meal, this feast of a book is infused with warmth and generosity.

The Eat Well Cookbook

Basing their philosophy for health and wellbeing on their formidable combined experience in the food and natural health industries, Jan Purser and Kathy Snowball have created another cookbook with sensational healthy food suitable for all occasions, whether it’s dinner for two, a family meal or entertaining the masses. And it’s all gluten- and dairy-free, making it suitable for people with allergies in those areas.

Around the World in 80 Dishes

David Loftus is one of the world’s leading food photographers: on the road 350 days of the year, camera in hand, shooting top chefs and their wonderful dishes from Battersea to New York to the Bahamas. Now, in Around the World in 80 Dishes, he shares the most delicious cuisine he has come across on his travels: introduced by his close friend Jamie Oliver, eighty recipes from the world’s favourite chefs, many of whom have shared David’s adventures.

Around the World in 80 Dishes features mouthwatering recipes from international chefs and cookery writers including Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Gennaro Contaldo, Heston Blumenthal and Atul Kochhar. It follows in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg and his famous Grand Tour, taking in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and America, to create a treasure-trove of treats from the four corners of the globe.

Lovingly compiled and beautifully photographed, rich with the stories behind the recipes captured in these pages, this is a dream anthology for committed cooks and amateurs alike. If you love food and travel, and you’ve a hearty appetite for life, warm up the oven, pick a destination and prepare to set off on your own culinary journey.

Lucio's Ligurian Kitchen

A beautifully photographed luscious cookbook featuring 180 delicious recipes from Liguria.
In 2008 Lucio Galletto and writer David Dale, along with photographer Paul Green, journeyed to the birthplace of ravioli and pesto. They found a new breed of chefs, farmers, and fishermen still using the wonderful array of local herbs, vegetables and seafood, but applying a lighter touch with a more adventurous spirit. In this stunningly photographed book, Lucio brings us the fruits of his travels-180 delicious recipes that are fun to cook, beautiful to look at, a pleasure to share, and kind to the body. And, importantly, that pay homage to the beautiful Riviera di Levante from where Lucio’s culinary journey began.